Counselor’s Corner Winter 2013 Guidance Department Website In This Issue: Guidance Website Counseling Groups Calendar Art Contest Giving Project Recap Contact Me: Dear Parents, Guardians, and Family Members, I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season! Now that the school year is in full swing, I will be publishing a quarterly “Counselor’s Corner” newsletter with helpful resources and information. I also encourage you to visit the Lore Guidance Department website (accessible from the main Lore School page, or located directly at www.ewing.k12.nj.us/domain/246), which also contains useful information and links to local resources. Thank you and I wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year! Jennifer Dressler, MA Counseling Groups Lore School Counselor 609-538-6800 x6110 [email protected] Research shows that group counseling can have many benefits for children, by providing a small, supportive environment for them to express their feelings and develop healthy coping skills. I will be offering several small groups during the school day to assist students with a variety of issues, such as family changes and study skills. Please contact Miss Dressler if you feel that any of the following small groups would benefit your child/children. I will be developing a group meeting schedule based on the number of referrals I receive and amount of interest in each group, as well as assessing each student’s appropriateness for a particular group. You will receive a permission slip with additional information if your child is selected to participate. Small counseling groups (6 week cycle): Banana Splits – helping students who have experienced changes in their family due to divorce and/or separation Sunshine – helping students who have suffered loss and would like to work through their feelings Study Skills – open to students in grades 4 and 5 to assist with time management, test taking skills, and organization. Showcase your creativity! The Creative Therapy Store is currently accepting entries for its 2014 Calendar Art Contest! Become a published artist and win prizes for yourself and for your school! The Creative Therapy Store showcases student art in their annual calendar. This year, students should create an original piece of artwork around the theme of a past accomplishment or future goal. Students can use crayon, watercolor, finger paint, colored pencil, pen and ink, or collage. Artwork must be done on 81/2” by 11” paper oriented horizontally. The contest is open to students ages 6 and older. One grand prize winner and 13 additional winning artists will be chosen by CTS. Winning entries earn a cash prize and a CTS gift certificate for their school! If you are interested in submitting an entry to the contest, please send in your artwork to Miss Dressler by February 22, 2013. For more information, or to order a free 2013 calendar, visit www.creativetherapystore.com. Thank You from the Giving Committee! The Giving Committee would like to extend warm thanks and appreciation to those who donated items to this year’s Giving Project. This year for our annual Giving Project, we collected “Getting Ready for Bed” items such as pajamas and toiletries. These items were lovingly wrapped by students during our December Unity Meeting, and were sent to an agency called One Simple Wish to be used to help foster children in Mercer County. We collected enough items to create 60 pillowcases full of things to help foster children get a good night’s sleep – with lots of extra boxes of items to spare!! These pillowcases were decorated by our students and handmade cards were added. Our school family really showcased the spirit of giving during this holiday season! For more information on One Simple Wish, visit www.onesimplewish.org.